The pork chops turned out great. They turned out so great that my lovely dining companion asked me how I had cooked them since it was still raining. I sat down the pork chop in my hand and said, “I grilled them. You didn’t think a little rain would stop me, did you?” Grilling in the rain may seem surprising to some but as most grillmasters know the only difference is you keep the heat up and you get a little wet. You also have to be careful when there is lightning, and you are holding some sort of metal utensil.
Over the past 8 or 9 months we have been involved in some changes that are to some of us just a little out of the ordinary and to others of us surprising and very different. The bulletin is just one example. It’s smaller, in color, has fewer words in it and each Sunday there is a new commitment section. Each Sunday we are asking you to choose from two or three time-sensitive items that you will DO in the next week. Then we ask you to tear that section off and put it in the offering plate.
Our hope is that each week most, if not all of us, in worship would be willing to DO at least one of these things. Our intention is that everyone mark one of the choices (there is usually something to be in prayer about at least once in the coming week). Others we promise are real needs that require something of an urgent response. Recognizing that our life beyond worship and the time we spend together in it are very much connected is an important piece of together being Big Enough to Make a Difference, Small Enough to Care.